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Copland: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4


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“I hope you will knuckle down to a good symphony,” wrote Samuel Barber in September 1944 to his fellow composer Aaron Copland: “We deserve it of you, and your career is all set for it.” It was a strange thing to say given that Copland had already composed a variety of symphonies, albeit admittedly all more experimental than Barber might have preferred. The fourth volume in the highly acclaimed Copland series from John Wilson and the BBC Philharmonic opens with the resoundingly successful Symphony No. 3 (1944-46). The optimistic spirit of this work resonated perfectly with the euphoria of post-war America, resulting in its becoming an emblem of US nationalism. This lesser-recorded original version comes complete with the twelve bars which Bernstein later suggested cutting from the fourth movement. Three commissions complement the symphony: ‘Letter from Home’ (1944) reflects the feelings of receiving a letter from a loved one. ‘Down a Country Lane’ (originally commissioned by Life magazine as a solo piano work) is here performed in its orchestral version (1964), reimagined for a series of concerts showcasing youth orchestras. ‘Connotations’ (1962), a twelve-note serial composition premiered by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic at the inauguration of The Philharmonic Hall, complete this invigorating surround-sound album.
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Item number CHSA 5222
Barcode 095115522226
Release date 11/16/2018
Category Orchestral
Label CHANDOS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Wilson, John
Orchestra BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Disc: 1
Connotations00:19:00
1 Connotations 00:18:42 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Wilson, John
Symphony No. 3 (1946 original version)00:39:16
2 Symphony No. 3 (Original Version): I. Molto modera 00:09:26 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Wilson, John
3 Symphony No. 3 (Original Version): II. Allegro mol 00:07:44 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Wilson, John
4 Symphony No. 3 (Original Version): III. Andantino 00:09:07 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Wilson, John
5 Symphony No. 3 (Original Version): IV. Molto delib 00:12:58 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Wilson, John
Letter from Home (version for chamber orchestra)00:06:00
6 Letter from Home (Version for Chamber Orchestra) 00:05:40 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Wilson, John
Down a Country Lane (version for orchestra)00:00:00
7 Down a Country Lane (Version for Orchestra) 00:02:17 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Wilson, John
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